The pinnacle of Japan’s Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption within the awarding of the 2020 Video games to Tokyo, a French judicial supply has stated.
Prosecutors have been investigating a €2m ($2.3m; £1.8m) cost allegedly made by Japan’s bidding committee.
Tsunekazu Takeda stated he had not been indicted, was co-operating and that there was nothing new within the case.
Tokyo was awarded the Video games in 2013, beating Madrid and Istanbul.
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The Japanese authorities has all the time insisted its Tokyo bid is clear.
The judicial supply, quoted by numerous information businesses and Le Monde, stated that Mr Takeda had been positioned beneath “mis en examen” by investigative judges in Paris final month. Mis en examen is the formal begin of a legal investigation beneath French legislation.
Chatting with Japanese media, Mr Takeda stated this didn’t quantity to indictment, including “there may be nothing new in any respect, nothing has modified”.
He stated he had co-operated with a French listening to in December and instructed it that there had been no improper motion.
Nevertheless, the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s ethics fee stated on Friday it had “opened a file” and would “proceed to observe the scenario”.
What’s the background of the case?
There have been few extra particulars given on Friday however the cost involved seems to be linked to what’s generally known as the Black Tidings case.
French prosecutors stated in 2016 they had been investigating a cost allegedly made by the Japanese bidding committee to a Singapore-based consultancy agency of that title.
The cash was labelled as “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games Bid”, coming from an account opened at a Japanese financial institution, for the revenue of Black Tidings.
The corporate is linked to the son of former world athletics chief, Lamine Diack, a member of the IOC when it awarded the Video games to Tokyo and who’s the topic of quite a few corruption allegations.
The son, Papa Massata Diack, additionally faces corruption allegations. In an earlier interview he instructed the BBC he and his father had been harmless.
In September 2016, an impartial panel appointed by Japan’s Olympic Committee (JOC) cleared Japanese bidding officers of any criminal activity within the case, saying that the cost to Black Tidings was a reliable one for consulting providers.
Mr Takeda is a veteran Olympics official who competed as a present jumper in 1972 and 1976.
He has been JOC president since 2001.